Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Tiny Montgomery Says Hello

Breaking news: the following was posted to adj-l today. K. Hoeller provided the press coverage shortly thereafter. Hey. I didn't even know SEIU was involved in this struggle. Fabulous.

With pride and with slight change to the text, I am copying here two paragraphs from an email that just arrived:

Yesterday evening, with part-time faculty members Alan Stover and Terilee Edwards-Hewitt monitoring the counting of the last remaining ballots, the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation announced the final tally for our election. By a margin of more than three-to-one, Maryland's Montgomery College adjunct faculty overwhelmingly voted to unite together with SEIU.

A round of applause broke out in the room as officials from the labor board read off the 250th vote for SEIU, marking a clear victory for adjuncts. As the vote count continued to climb past 300... then 350... and all the way to 365, instructors who had turned out to watch the vote count began hugging and congratulating one another. When all the ballots were counted, the final results was 365 YES votes to 105 no votes.

Deepest thanks to Alan, Terilee, and everyone at MC who worked toward this goal, and for everyone in Maryland and across North America who speaks truth to power on issues of fairness in adjunct employment. This is a first and mighty step forward for adjunct professors at Montgomery College.

Rebecca M. Trussell

"Montgomery College part-time faculty agrees to unionize"; Wednesday, June 4, 2008.